Richmond, CA: Northern California Chapter, Point Pinole Walk

Dec 18, 2021 9:30AM—12:00PM


Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, 5551 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA

Event Contact Guy Joaquin | Email


Let’s wrap up the year with a walk around Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. This hidden gem, tucked away in the northwest corner of the East Bay, is surrounded by San Pablo, Richmond and Pinole. With bluffs and beaches that provide fantastic views of Mt. Tamalpais and San Pablo Bay, the park also has tall eucalyptus groves and wide meadows (groomed by a herd of 600 goats). The area has a rich and interesting history, too, as home of the Huchiun (Ohlone) tribe before the arrival of the Spanish and then as a land grant to Francisco María Castro after Mexican independence. And for 80 years until the 1960s, the point was the site of four explosives manufacturing companies. Our walk will follow the Bay View Trail to the end of the pier and back before returning via the Owl Alley Trail. Registration required.

Schedule: Meet us at 9:30 AM for sign-in and briefing at the restrooms of the parking lot on Giant Highway in Richmond. We expect to arrive back at the parking lot by 12:00 PM. This is a rain or shine event!

Level of Difficulty: This is an easy, relatively flat walk of about 5 miles.

Advance online registration is required. Click the Register button to sign up by Thursday, December 16. Because space is limited, please register if/when you are certain you can attend. If later you are unable to attend, contact us as soon as possible at

Getting There: From Eastbound 80, take the Fitzgerald Drive exit in Pinole. Turn left onto Richmond Parkway, right onto Atlas Road and then left onto Giant Highway. From Westbound 80, take the Richmond Parkway exit. Turn right onto Richmond Parkway, right onto Atlas Road and then left onto Giant Highway. For exact directions, map to 5551 Giant Highway in Richmond. NOTE: There is a newer, smaller parking lot at the end of Atlas Drive. Be sure to go to one on Giant Highway, which has a view of the bay.

Carpooling: Registered participants will have access to our online “Carpool Bulletin Board” to post a message if they need a ride or can give one.

What to Bring: Snacks, water and rain gear, if weather calls for it (we walk, rain or shine!). Hiking poles aren’t necessary. Bring a bag lunch if you would like to stick around for a picnic afterwards.

Leader: Guy Joaquin (Chapter Coordinator)

The Ruff Stuff: For insurance purposes, we are unable to welcome dogs, except service animals, at our events.